If you are considering buying a Mexico home in Playa del Carmen, there are a number of important steps involved in ensuring that you find the home most suitable for your needs. One of the earliest and most important is to find an qualified and experienced Playa del Carmen Realtor.
Some preliminary, general searches can be done at the beginning, or getting to know a little more about the area can be done before, but when you actually decide to get serious, and find the property right for you, it's crucial to work with the realtor most qualified to help you find this. "How" and "why" are closely related.
There are two key points to look for. One is qualification. If you were trusting someone to advise you on investing $250,000 in stocks, would you accept "trust me, I've done this before" as an answer for your questions? Hopefully not. Whether you pay $100,000 or $1 million for your Playa del Carmen home, it's probably a considerable chunk of your available finances, and you need advice from someone with real information and training behind them to advise you. Items you can look for, or ask about include:
membership in AMPI, Mexico's professional real estate association
degrees in real estate, business or other related fields
certification in real estate business
ongoing training and upgrading
A realtor does not need all of these items, but should be able to provide evidence with some of them, or similar items, that they are professionally qualified. Mexican law does not require real estate agents or brokers to prove qualification to their clients or even to be qualified for their job; it's up to you to check this out.
The other point is experience. While experience alone doesn't necessarily help you, it is in your favor that a qualified realtor also has years and a large number of transactions under their belt, having put their knowledge to work for clients, and developing their knowledge base through many transactions. Items you can ask about include:
years in the industry
references from past clients
Your level of comfort is also a key point. Do you feel that your agent and broker are applying their knowledge and experience to help you find the property most suited to your needs? This combined with the two points above will help you decide if you are working with the right person. Remember, you are investing a large amount of your funds; it is entirely worth a small, or even big time investment at the beginning to ensure you are working with the right team.
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